Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Video: Great White Shark at Old Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey California

Talk about getting something on video that is not seen everyday...or for that matter, maybe never.  A juvenile great white shark was spotted cruising around the Old Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey California and fortunately for us, it was captured on video.

According to the date/time stamp, the shark was spotted on Monday, 06 October 2014 at 3:30pm.

The video was taken by diver Patrick Anders Webster using a GoPro camera and it is a quick 28 seconds in length.

UPDATE 1:  Numerous posters on our FB page are commenting that the shark doesn't appear well and that its tail section is notably down.

Sandy Kinne commented the following:
"This is a juvenile great white. I studied these gorgeous creatures in Mossel Bay, South Africa. He clearly has injuries sustained most likely from other sharks & or seals. He is not in good shape."

UPDATE 2 10/08/2014:
Sean R. Van Sommeran, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz based Pelagic Shark Research Foundation, stated on Facebook that after reviewing the GoPro shark footage, "it appears to be another case of carnobacterium inflammation,,, now known to be killing juvenile Lamnid and Lamnoid shark pups such as salmon sharks, thresher sharks and, possibly white sharks."

In a second FB comment to the Monterey Bay Whale Watch, Sean makes it quite clear that the disease is fatal:
"Thanks again for the help you guys, especially Rachel her crew, I gave the whole team PSRF t shirts for the effort. The shark was identified by a lot of people...I noted the species by early afternoon via GoPro footage forwarded to me by journalist early on. Good stuff, the Aquarium also called us for consultation and I had a nice conversation with the lady who called from there... too bad for the shark pup, watching it die is a bit bitter... but that what first responder work is all about."

We should also note that according to several reports, the shark has not been spotted since Tuesday. Of course if we learn different, we will provide a 3rd update.

For those interested in learning more about the disease, the following report which is available through the National Institutes of Health database discusses the impact of carnobacterium infection on Salmon sharks which have been beaching themselves along California beaches in significant numbers: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22452824